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August 27, 2014
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Veterinarians try out experimental gel to stanch bleeding
Veterinarians are lining up to try Veti-Gel, which inventor Joe Landolina says can stop internal and external bleeding in 10 seconds. The gel is based on a plant-derived analogue of the extracellular matrix and takes on the properties of surrounding tissue. If veterinary trials go well, the product will be tried in military and trauma settings. FastCoExist (8/25)
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Cornell veterinarians spearhead groundbreaking joint surgeries
In an effort to help patients with joint pain, veterinarians at Cornell University are developing novel surgical repairs for damage to the cartilage or the meniscus. Veterinary surgeons treated horses by implanting a biocompatible scaffold designed to prevent arthritis. In the next series of surgeries, veterinarians will use a meniscal transplant made of biodegradable polyester in sheep. "The goal is to make these technologies available for people," said veterinarian Lisa Fortier, professor of large animal surgery at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine. Cornell Chronicle (Cornell University) (8/25)
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Handheld DNA sequencer could help veterinarians in the field
Researchers at New Zealand's University of Otago created a handheld DNA sequencing device that can quickly identify pathogens including influenza, E. coli and others in a field setting. It also could be used in forensic science and environmental monitoring, according to the developers, who envision applications in food-animal medicine. The device has a six-hour battery, is portable and can connect to laptops and mobile phones. CNET (8/26)
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New imaging modality brings benefits of histopathology into OR
Veterinarian Laura Selmic at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital is working on using optical coherence tomography in treatment of cancer. The technology offers the same level of detail about tissue samples as histopathology, but it is conducted in real time, helping surgeons see the tumor delineations to ensure complete removal. The technology could also be used during biopsies to ensure samples are collected from the abnormal tissue. Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.) (8/23)
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Dogs' Preoperative Vomiting Prevented with FDA-approved Antiemetic
A recent blinded, controlled study evaluated a medication for preventing dogs' preoperative vomiting after morphine is administered preanesthetically. The results showed a significant difference in the incidence of vomiting and return to feeding for the treatment group over the placebo group. Study Results
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How obesity puts pet health at risk
U.S. pets are suffering an epidemic of obesity, and veterinarian Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, says those excess pounds put them at risk. "We're talking about type 2 diabetes, crippling arthritis, breathing problems, high blood pressure," Dr. Ward said. "We're also finding more and more cancers are directly related to excess fat." KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (8/23)
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31 horses plus geese, llamas and more rescued from dire conditions
Officials seized 31 horses, four miniature cattle, three llamas, a dog and five geese from a California site after their attempts to work with the owner to address alleged neglect failed. The animals were underweight, and many had long-standing hoof problems. Charges against the owner may be pursued after veterinary exams are complete. Meanwhile, the animals are being well cared for, receiving treatment, food and water. KNSD-TV (San Diego) (8/26)
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Safety tips for visiting the state fair
Fairgoers who don't follow certain precautions around animals are at risk of zoonotic disease transmission, but state fair officials in Minnesota say washing hands, keeping food and drink out of animal buildings and watching young children to be sure they're not putting their mouths on railings can help people stay safe. Fair staff also work to mitigate risks with frequent sanitizing, rapid manure cleanup, ventilation improvements and signs alerting visitors to the potential for disease transmission. Minnesota Public Radio (8/22)
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Tactics to maintain a good credit rating
Just like individual consumers, small businesses have credit reports that should be checked regularly for accuracy, writes Fundera CEO Jared Hecht. That and a few other practices, such as always paying your bills promptly, can preserve or restore a favorable credit rating. Inc. online (free registration) (8/26)
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Veterinarians: Let your voices be heard
Calling all veterinarians and veterinary students: We need your help! It is critical that our nation's leaders hear how bills will affect their constituents and the lives of the animals within their districts so that they can advocate for scientifically sound policies that will advance the profession and improve public and animal health. The AVMA has a number of online resources that make it easy to become an effective advocate for veterinary medicine. Do your civic duty and take action today! View AVMA's legislative advocacy Web page.
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